I was taking a shower the other day (where I do most of my thinking) and I somehow started thinking about prostitution and why anyone would want to resort to such a thing. I tried to come up with some answers as to why people would want to sell themselves, and then I remembered watching interviews of people in one of my classes. Some of them said they experienced a horrible childhood and somehow wound up into the field, and others said they felt like they provided good services and wanted to help those who needed that “someone” there for a few minutes, to help them deal with whatever they were going through. The second answer is what got me to question my theory… is it fair to equate prostitutes to psychologists?
I’m not putting down either groups of people, but just think about it. People go to prostitutes for many reasons, a lot of which are loneliness, wanting to have someone there to talk to because no one else listens, having a unique bond with someone, and the list goes on. Well, those are the same reasons why people go to psychologists most of the time. To have that guaranteed “someone” there. We can easily look at prostitutes and label them as “whores” and people who sell their bodies, but a lot of these interviews that I watched said that a lot of times the prostitutes would just sit and have a conversation with their clients about their lives. So although they don’t have their psychology degree, can we truly label them as being the “awful” people that everyone labels them as? By no means am I advocating prostitution or saying that it is okay, but the more I read into it the more I understood where they were coming from. Psychologists do the same things prostitutes do (although they don’t have sex with their clients… at least not all of them), but the only difference is that they get paid to do it legally in a more “professional” manner, if that’s what you call it.
So what do you think? Can we equate prostitutes to psychologists, at least to a certain degree?